‘Close-knit’ IHS Class of 1973 enjoys reunion

Those attending the Ilwaco High School Class of 1973 reunion included Scot Calhoun, Walt Receconi, John Barta, Jim Sayce, Dan Downer, Arlene (Lord) Johnson, Kit (Robinson) Fleishman, Terri (Ramsey) Snedden, Kim Kertson, Debe (Evans) Wroble, Karen (Clark) Gray, Sherri (Olsen) James, Linda (Watterberg) Holmes, Sandi (Clarke) Kendrick, Sue (Dalan) Smulski, Leanne Finlay, Guy Becken, Kay (Stratton) Devine, Ray Scott, Mike Starr and Dean Slagle. Not pictured are two other attendees, Sandy (Mosher) Gudjonsson and Shelly (Prest) Fauver.

ILWACO — President Richard Nixon was still in office, Federal Express began business and Secretariat won the Triple Crown as members of the Ilwaco High School Class of 1973 graduated.

Since then, the 69 graduates have gone on to success in adult life — and many have kept in touch. The graduates held their 45th class reunion at the Cranberry Museum this year and 24 people attended.

Debe (Evans) Wroble said the 73 grads have done a good job keeping in touch with each other. Many still live on the Peninsula.

Another of the organizers, Karen (Clark) Gray agreed.

“I think that we have had more reunions than any other Ilwaco class,” said Gray, who works at Long Beach City Hall. “We had a reunion every year until the five-year reunion, then every five years up to the 45th that was held this year.”

The group enjoys the events.

“We truly enjoy visiting with each other so much that many of the reunions included two or three events on different days,” she added. “We were a very close-knit group in school and that hasn’t changed in all of these years.”

On a sad note, those attending learned that 13 classmates have died.

For Leanne Finlay, it was a chance to reflect on her good education.

“Many of our class had parents who moved to the beach in the late 1960s — my family moved there in fall of 1968,” she said.“I feel fortunate that I got to attend such a small school, and very fortunate to have classmates that truly have remained friends for life.”

Our teachers were memorable, skilled and cared about each of us, too.”

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